Jazz pianist, composer and conductor of world renown.
Companion of the Order of Canada
Awarded on: June 25, 1984
Invested on: April 10, 1985
With his classical bent and passion for perfection Oscar Peterson is probably today's finest jazz pianist. By virtue of his many world tours he has become Canada's musical ambassador. He is a staunch champion of the equality of our ethnic minorities. (This is a promotion within the Order.)